Pick of the day
Wilson had his first interception in his first game, making a diving catch in the end zone after a deep ball intended for Washington was tipped by Kyle Arrington. Wilson was used regularly when the Patriots went to five or six defensive backs . . . After using an assortment of candidates during the preseason, the answer of which Patriot(s) would return kickoffs, at least in Week 1, was McCourty and Matthew Slater. McCourty had a 28-yard return after the Titans took a 3-0 lead, while Slater returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 19 yards . . . Kicker Stephen Gostkowski was forced to tackle Darius Reynaud on a long second-quarter kickoff return, and immediately received a helmet-to-helmet “job well done” by safety Chung . . . Mayo had a team-high 13 tackles (nine unassisted) . . . Bill Belichick moved into an eighth-place tie with Chuck Knox for career victories, with 193. Dan Reeves (201) is next on the list . . . Brady needed just 21 passing yards to reach 40,000 for his career, and got it on an early completion to Gronkowski. Brady is the 14th player in league history to pass for that number . . . Brady also broke a tie with Fran Tarkenton for most career wins by a starting quarterback. He now has 125, fifth-most in NFL history . . . Brady’s two TD passes give him 302, fifth all time. He’d been tied with John Elway . . . The honorary “12th Titan” was legendary ex-University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt.
Shalise Manza Young, Greg A. Bedard, and Joe Sullivan of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Michael Whitmer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.